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UT Austin president to deliver more than $200,000 in scholarship grants to Houston-area students Wednesday

President Larry R. Faulkner of The University of Texas at Austin and members of his staff will deliver more than $200,000 in scholarship grants to 57 Houston-area students in six high schools Wednesday (April 12).

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AUSTIN, Texas—President Larry R. Faulkner of The University of Texas at Austin and members of his staff will deliver more than $200,000 in scholarship grants to 57 Houston-area students in six high schools Wednesday (April 12).

The scholarships, offered through the Longhorn Opportunity Scholarship and the President’s Achievement Scholarship programs, range from $1,000 to $5,000 per year and most awards are for up to four years if the students maintain required grade levels.

Faulkner will lead one of two teams of UT Austin representatives arriving early Wednesday morning to visit with the students and present the awards. Team members will provide information about student financial aid and answer questions about academics and student life.

Faulkner will travel with the Orange Team visiting Aldine High School, MacArthur High School and Sam Houston High School.

UT Austin Provost Sheldon Ekland-Olson will lead the White Team presenting awards to students at Milby High School, High School for Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice and Reagan High School.

“The Houston area has long provided UT Austin with many outstanding students. I am pleased to have the opportunity to meet new, talented students from Houston and to award to them the scholarships they have earned through outstanding academic achievement. We also are eager to inform others in the area of the scholarship opportunities that exist at UT Austin,” said Faulkner.

The Longhorn Opportunity Scholarship program was designed specifically to encourage student enrollment from high schools that historically have sent few students to the University.

The President’s Achievement Scholarship program provides scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 per year, depending on academic achievement and an analysis of each recipient that includes class rank, parental income and other factors.

Statewide, the University has made scholarship award commitments totaling more than $1.1 million for academic year 2000 to 354 high school students who will be entering freshmen next fall semester, said Larry Burt, director of the Office of Student Financial Services.

“We really appreciate the opportunity to visit some of the Longhorn Opportunity Scholarship high schools because it really makes us feel good to actually see the scholarship winners when they receive recognition in front of their classmates,” said Burt.

NOTE TO EDITORS/PRODUCERS: Itinerary information regarding President Larry R. Faulkner’s trip to visit Houston-area schools follows:

Wednesday April 12, 2000

9:15 a.m.:

  • Orange Team at Aldine High School, 11101 Airline Drive

  • White Team at Milby High School, 1601 Broadway

10:15 a.m.

  • Orange Team at MacArthur High School, 4400 Aldine Mail Route

  • White Team at High School for Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice, 4701 Dickson

11:15 a.m.

  • Orange Team at Sam Houston High School, 9400 Irvington

  • White Team at Reagan High School, 413 E. 13th St.